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SHSU continues on win-streak with victory over McNeese

Staff Reporter

Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014 01:02

Carter Burgess Baseball

Alex Broussard | The Houstonian

Infielder Carter Burgess heads to home plate against Northern Colorado. The Bearkats took their high-powered offense to McNeese State Tuesday night, defeating the Cowboys 18-6.

The sixth inning has been generous to the Bearkats lineup this season.

Sam Houston State baseball continued upon their winning streak with an 18-6 win over Southland Conference opponent McNeese State in Lake Charles, La., Tuesday, scoring eight in the sixth inning.

This was the third game in a row SHSU has uncorked their bats for big rallies in the sixth, eventually sealing a win.

McNeese State and SHSU brought high octane offensive displays into this game, with the Bearkats surging in the final innings of the game. Head Coach David Pierce said he was concerned about how his team would stay up to the physical drag of playing five in a row.

“I was worried about how we would respond with legs and bodies, and I thought we responded great,” Pierce said.

The Bearkats would take an early lead in the first inning off a walk from Luke Plucheck, who was then batted in by Ryan O’Hearn. McNeese State took the lead in the top of the second inning, closing the second inning up 2-1.

Down by two, SHSU shortstop Corey Toups initiated the sixth-inning rally with a double to left center. He was then was drove in by catcher Shea Pierce.

Left fielder Plucheck delivered a scorching go-ahead double down the left field chalk after a Cowboy pitching change. The Bearkats would go on to add two more hits in the inning, with eight additional runs throughout the game including six points in the ninth.

“It might be coincidental right now, but we are making some adjustments and fortunately we’re scoring some runs and it happens to be in the sixth inning,” Pierce said.

The Bearkats return to Don Sanders Stadium Friday at 6:30 p.m. to kick off a three-game series against Dallas Baptist University.

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